Roger Crumpkin is the world's most accident-prone human being.
Every inanimate object he touches seems to respond with an almost
human malevolence. Cheerful incompetence belies the loneliness
and isolation of Roger Crumpkin - a disturbing symbol of 21st
century urban man. He is intimidated by everything from the
opposite sex to his cantankerous toaster. Roger's 'obsessive-compulsive
dismantling fixation' has dominated his life since childhood.
As a result of his family's violent rejection of his creative
mind he 'never used his imagination again'. Roger's obsession
for dismantling domestic appliances is a metaphor for his life,
which is 'rapidly and tragically falling apart' according to
his only friend Lyndon (Grant Piro).
It seems impossible that this messy, simpleton with the wild,
dishevelled hair and a heart of gold will ever find a meaningful
relationship with anything more than a goldfish. Then he accidentally
collides with Sunday Valentine (Helen Dallimore) and suddenly
begins to conquer his handicaps. The world may see Roger as
a crazy stuff-up but Sunday finds in him a charmingly sweet
eccentric who might just conquer the impossible.
Sunday is a vivacious but vulnerable 'chicken sexer' from a Bucket
Flats egg farm. An ingenuous misfit, her dipsy character is reflected
in her dress sense, a kooky kaleidoscope of disparate fashions.
All her life Sunday has been convinced by those around her that
she is stupid and has protected herself by playing the clown.
Unable to handle the thought that we're alone, Sunday had embarked
upon her own quixotic quest to find intelligent life in the universe.
Ironically, Roger is the first person to acknowledge that she's
got a brain. Sunday gains the confidence to take control of her
life. A natural mender of things, she inspires Roger to reassemble
his crazy, crumbling world.
Chevalier is enigmatic, menacing and dresses on the spivvy side
of slick. He's street-smart, hyper-fast and pathologically entrepreneurial.
However unlike his older brother Kelvin (Garry McDonald), Duxton
is chillingly unpredictable. His warm, sympathetic, personable
attributes are forever counterpointed by outbursts of uncontrollable
Duxton genuinely adores Sunday and clearly enjoys male bonding
with his employees, Lyndon and Roger. His problem is that he only
understands relationships as a form of negotiation and love as
a means of possession. There's no denying the subtle charm of
this character or the comedy of his anally retentive neatness,
it's just that he scares the living daylights out of everybody.
Lyndon, is a responsible, highly capable egg company
accountant who is not only Roger's flatmate but also his only
friend. Although at times Lyndon is infuriated with accident-prone
Roger and intimidated by his schizophrenic boss Chevalier, he
generously and confidently counsels them both about the opposite
sex. Lyndon has a fetish for women in uniform and enjoys a constant
stream of attractive female friends who seem charmed by his cool
machismo. This fast-talking guy sure isn't lonely, unless it's
all false bravado.
Rikki is a sardonic, dedicated policewoman who's proud of her
achievements. Only a year ago she was working with her friend
Sunday as a chicken sexer at an egg farm in Bucket Flats. Rikki
tolerates Sunday's oddball behaviour but can't help belittling
her. Believing she had her life worked out perfectly, Rikki is
in a very supportive relationship - unfortunately it's with the
only male who has ever been loyal, her police dog, Wayne. Beneath
Rikki's no-nonsense, brash exterior, she's like all the characters
that inhabit this comedy - lonely and unconsciously craving something
more. Maybe she'll find what she's looking for. Sure, she can
be intimidating but she can't hide her big heart anymore than
she can hide her gigantic bottom.
Kelvin is Duxton's 'egg-headed' older brother. Eggs
are the passion of Kelvin's life. He built the world famous Sydney
Egg House on Sydney Harbour as a tribute to the egg. His devotion
to business as a form of service to humanity is only eclipsed
by his love for his dog Audrey. Immensely proud of the company
that he built up from a single pair of leghorn layers (hens),
he likes to think of his customers, his employees and even his
chickens as one big happy family. Nostalgic and trusting, Kelvin
fails to foresee danger even when it is staring him in the face.
Audrey the Jack Russell dog is clearly the love
of Kelvin's life. When not wandering the vast egg processing plant
inside the world famous Sydney Egg House, she drinks cappuccino
with Kelvin. Following the corporate overthrow and disappearance
of Kelvin, Audrey makes herself at home in Roger's apartment where
she becomes a TV football addict. Will this born coward and opportunistic
canine find the inner strength to help Roger save Sunday's life?
Paul Livingston (aka Flacco), Bob Downe, Felix
Williamson, Libby Gorr, Pippa Grandison, David Hoey and Branden